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Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.75%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
35 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-17-2002

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Reviews: 882 | Ratings: 2,700
Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Take a stand against censorship: drink it away! Politics aside, though, this stuff pours a clear rusty copper topped by a finger of dirty off-white foam. The nose comprises light mandarin orange flesh, toffee, very light cocoa, and a bit of ruby red grapefruit. The taste holds notes of mandarin orange, caramel, light cocoa, ruby red grapefruit peel, and a touch of grass. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally smooth feel. Overall, a solid amber, nothing amazing, but something easy and pleasant to drink.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to forgetfu for this one!

A: Poured into my DFH snifter. The beer is a clear reddish-copper. A small white head formed and dissipated quickly leaving a few bubbles on top and spotty lacing.

S: Heavy malt aroma, some caramel sweetness, and some brown sugar. A little bit of subtle citrus.

T: I am having a hard time placing the flavor profile for this one. Its not very hoppy, but I don't really get some of the typical malt flavors that I look for. There is some caramel and darker fruits, but even as it warms have a tough time distinguishing flavors, but I do like it.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation.

O: Its pretty good, solid, but nothing spectacular. Not sure how fresh it is and unsure if that is playing a part, especially in the lack of hop profile.

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Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful clear copper color. Modest starting head that recedes to a single bubble layer. Nearly no lace.

Slight caramel aroma, light hop aroma.

The flavor matches the smell profile. Rich body. Good hop finish, but the aftertaste is short lived. No problems, an easy beer to drink, very middle of the road.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a dark amber color with two inches of white head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of bready malts, and some fruit.

t - Tastes of sweet fruits, bready malts, and caramel malts. Very sweet.

m - Medium body and light carbonation. Very smooth.

d - An ok red ale. The smell was pretty good but the taste was a little too sweet for me. Wouldn't look to have again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had no idea this one was no where near 8% abv. Appearance: Ruby copper hue nice tan head leaves fine even lacing down my glass. Aroma: Hops contain a bit of everything pine, earthiness, grassy, floral, and a touch of underlying citrus sweet caramel malts touch of alcohol. Taste: Bready caramel malts doesn't come off too sweet blends nicely with the loads of hop flavor and solid bitterness presented definitely a welcomed brewery to the Pittsburgh market. Hop flavors that standout earthy, piney, and grassy for sure. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied evenly carbonated smooth ale low on hop oils pretty clean. Drinkability: Tasty hoppy ale that I will invite back anytime I see it especially if I ever catch it on draft gotta love the Kronic.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared by matt9875. Thanks Matt!

The beer is copper hued with a quarter inch of off white head. The aroma brings a touch of fruit and some sweet malts. Bready with a touch of hop character in the finish. Medium bodied with subtle alcohol. Overall, this was ok.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear amber that has a small crème head at first and then it falls quickly. Nose is hoopy, earthy, sweet. Those are three words that come to mind. And they mesh well together and one doesn't stand too far out in front of the other. Flavor is more along the lines of earthy with a cereal like aftertaste hitting at the very, very end. That aftertaste doesn't show up after the initial hits and is replaced by a zingy tang. Feel has a good carbonation to it and the liquid is pretty good too. Overall this is fairly good. I can't say it is blowing me away by any means. But it certainly is well made.

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Photo of jwc215
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light copper with a thin head that immediately becomes a thin patch.

The smell is of some caramel, a hint of earthy leafiness. Very mild and subtle.

The taste is of sweet malt with a touch of leafy bitterness, more in finish than in taste. Traces of peppery alcohol. Slight mettalic tinge.

Thins a bit, though fairly coating.

A decent brew. Easy enough to drink, despite a slight alcohol sharpness. To be honest, I didn't find anything particularly special about this brew. Seems pretty basic - sweet malt with a touch of bitterness and a bit too alcoholic for the style. Still in all, it's okay.

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Photo of tdm168
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - light, bright amber-red with a big off-white head that has great retention; a good amount of particles floating around

S - big bready malt and a faint fruitiness

T - bread, citrus, grapefruit, faint caramel

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is an incredible malt bomb. The malt is huge, heavy and bready. There is a decent, citrusy hop character but there's was no way it could compete with the malt character. This could use a bit of balance for sure.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: bright, coppery hue, with a thick, full, creamy head.
Aroma: hoppy, strong, piney, hints of citric fruits, exhilirating when inhaled deeply, fresh, alert, and very lively.
We sip, and...ah, mmmm, tasty, bright, mmmm, like a classic red ale, but super-charged in the hop department, and the alcohol accelerated, and easily apparent on the palate before too long.
Rich and full of malt, sweet, spicy, strong, with only a touch of hops.
Tasty, zingy, a big blast of everything...I can see how this could become addictive!
A very interesting experiment from Lagunitas...I've never heard of anyone tweaking with the Irish Red style, certainly not to such an extreme.
I like it very much...big thanks to Gromit!

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Photo of smakawhat
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

An off white head is formed barely managing a finger of size. Body color is a hazy red dull amber, with some very faint small rising carbonation on the middle.

Nose smells like a sort of Munich malts, Oktoberfest beer. Slightly rich, but a little subdued. Faint airy hop but just barely.

Palate brings a stinky malt crispness. Almost getting into Irish ale tasting territory, very interesting. Very prickly feeling in the palate which is a bit jarring. Stinky tacky aftertaste, sort of gamey.

What an interesting amber ale, somewhere smelling Munich and tasting all Irish, and feeling like a crisp lager. However, it isn't so interesting that I would want to have it again.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So my car died today!!! Piece of SH%T! In the middle of no-where Illinois!!! Thank the Lord for GPS....and Cell phones...it was the only way the tow truck could find me!!!! Anyway...the situation was made good by several individuals....and of course this beer! The color is defiinitely Red/Copper! Im not a fan of floaties....so watch out pouring the entire beer into yo glass! There is a thin head which looks like it will lead to a delightful lace. Something sweet in teh smell....perhaps some molasses, taste comes across a lil sweet as well. This is a very good RedAle/Amber Ale. Very well balanced and not too much booz! Session you betcha!!! I am raising my glass in salute to those that made this day tolerable!!!

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Photo of vfgccp
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep orange amber. Moderate sediment. Pours a fine white head that holds with average retention.

S - Malty raisin bread, dark sugar, caramel, a whisper of alcohol.

T- Loads of malt. Mild alcohol warmth. Raisin syrup. French toast sans the cinnamon. Finishes with toast and a thin layer of hoppy citrus-bitterness in the back of your palate.

M - Great mouthfeel. Robust body that thins a bit as the sweetness builds in the profile. Aftertaste leaves a light syrup in your mouth that keeps you salivating for more.

D - A little too sweet to session with, but tastes so good you could definitely have more than one.

O - A pretty fantastic beer. It drinks like a lighter bodied Belgian double, with a lot of the same dried dark fruit and brown sugar sweetness.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a cloudy, mid-amber-copper coloring that is moderately hazed. It pours with a thin, flat, smooth off-white head that settles rather quickly into sparse film. Aromas are mostly sweet, with characteristics of caramel and toffee blending together. The flavors are overly sweet, with a heavy caramel backbone that rides through into the aftertaste. Other flavors are a slight nut sweetness, some citrusy highlights, and a toasted note, as well. Great body, which is light and crisp, yet leaving a great lacing on the glass while you drink. As said before, the aftertaste is mostly caramel malt sweetness, and the finish is quick and clean, with a slight slickness to it at the end of the palate. Decent beer. Avoids the cloying and overpowering qualities despite the abundance of sweet flavors.

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Photo of Billolick
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness dating. Pours a rich orangy amber. Not much head/carbonation. White bubble film is moderatly long lasting and just a touch of lacing is left behind. Oakey,whiskey nose. This is a malty strong ale. Well developed malty base, mellow hops well in the background. Finishes with a crisp and refreshing snap of more malt and a touch of alcohol warmth. Could use some more hop crunch IMHO.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I forgot I drank this beer tonight...that either means it is complete unremarkable or I drank way too much tonight...or both! It's both...what a fucking boring beer.

Beer is red and clear with an offwhite head of small bubble that leaves lacing on the glass...carbonation low.

Aroma is weak and low...malty nothing much else.

Beer is light to medium in body with a bright hoppiness to it, tropic and mild bitterness. Nothing new to report...I guess the CENSORED makes them seem not mainstream but this is a totally obtainable beer...boring...i'm bored.

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Photo of GClarkage
2.98/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

03/14/05- Purchased at Safeway in Guerneville, CA

Presentation- Poured into a standard pint glass from a 12 oz bottle with no dates.

Appearance- Almost a cherry red pour with a large head and fair sheets of lacing left behind.

Smell- Some sweet scents along with some floral aspects.

Taste- Damn! This dude is sweet! Ultra heavy in the sweet malt department here. I was expecting to get some hops in the mix, but the sweet malt overpowers everything.

Mouthfeel- Kinda like a low grade cough sryup going down. Medium carbonation level.

Drinkability- Sorry, but I didn't much care for this one. The sweetness just made it a bit hard for me to take.

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Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a 12-ounce glass at Crescent & Vine poured from a bar-top firkin for $6. The aroma was a bit yeasty at first but it mellowed to light caramel notes. This beer reminded me more of drinking my homebrew from the fermentor. The carbonation was very light and the flavor was a mix of citrus hops and toffee and more caramels malts. All in all, it was a tasty ale worth sessioning.

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Photo of Tone
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of of slight hops, slight alcohol, earthy malt, some caramel sweentess, and lots of grass. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with a high carbonation level. Tastes of grass up front, slight hops, some sweet malt, and slight hint of spice. Wow, a decent beer, but nothing to brag about - I would not recommend trying this beer.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slow fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts. It has a toasted scent with a wonderful hop aroma. It's well balanced. The taste is good also. It has a malty base provide by pale, crystal, and roasted malts. It goes down easy with a very bitter hop finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine beer. It's solid on all fronts as well as being highly drinkable for having an elevated abv. .

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Photo of Gavage
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber in color with a very short head that quickly disappeared. The aroma is fruity, piney, and has a caramel sweetness. The flavor follows the nose, as caramel, bread, piney hops, hint of alcohol, and fruit are well balanced.

Medium bodied. The mouthfeel is smooth and the aftertaste has caramel and pine lasting briefly. Extremely drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The word "Censored" stands out on the bottle. I'm trying to figure out what word would be so bad that they would have black it out; something's written beneath that block. Well, on to the beer:

In color, it's copper to bronze, crowned with a soapy head. Subtle aroma of tropical fruit makes way for esters. This amber ale is a good one packed with flavor. It starts with fruity esters and ends with a punch of hop flavor in the back, leaving biscuity notes on the palate in the aftertaste. Quite tasty. I'll be coming back for more of this later.

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Photo of stevoj
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours out with a velvety, creamy head, dark copper color and lots of fine carbonation . Nice malty aroma and Tate with some hop dryness at the finish . Wonderful !

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a coppery orange amber, thin white head and light lacing. Light aroma of caramel and sweet malt, somewhat earthy. Taste has caramel malt, dark fruit and non-aromatic hops. Light to medium bodied. Not assertive, but well balanced. Pleasant, but mellow and not remarkable.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep copper color, some carbonation, small head, nice lacing though. Scents of malt, hops, fruits, and some caramel. Nice taste, kinda sweet, dry finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, but to call this a ASA is a bit to far I think. It's a nice brew, alcohol hidden very well, but not sure if I'll buy again.

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